Scott Klarr Jr
Topics About Evolution
Oct 23, 2008 History and evidence for human evolution
Did humans evolve from apes or were we created as-is with a superiority to all other organisms? A good portion of the uneducated United States public reject evolution without fully understanding how it works, let alone being aware of the facts that back it up. This is truly sad because evolution is ONE of the MOST IMPORTANT scientific advances of understanding - EVER.
Here is a two-part video that has two different kinds of evolutionary simulations. You have to remember that even though evolution does not have a final design in mind for what organisms should look like over time, it does indeed have a goal. That goal is to survive and reproduce most efficiently in the current environment. The variables that effect survival and reproduction in our world are completely dynamic and environmental. The pressures of surviving are vastly different in the Sahara desert than they are in Antarctica. This is a very important concept to understand in order to fully appreciate and understand evolution.
In the natural sciences, abiogenesis, or origin of life, is the study of how life on Earth emerged from inanimate organic and inorganic molecules. Many people mix up abiogensis with evolution (ironically, its those same people who dont know squat about evolution that claim they know better than 150 years of scientists.) Here are three great videos that will explain to you what abiogensis is, how it could have happened, and why creationist arguments against it are wrong.
The seemingly irreducible complexity of the flagella of bacteria is one of the trophy arguments carried by creationists everywhere. Below I present to you two short videos that will give you an quick introduction to why this argument is wrong, followed by some additional links that are very informative. Ignorance is not proof of anything - don't let it be your source of argument.
Radiometric dating (often called radioactive dating) is a technique used to date materials, usually based on a comparison between the observed abundance of a naturally occurring radioactive isotope and its decay products, using known decay rates. It is the principal source of information about the absolute age of rocks and other geological features, including the age of the Earth itself, and can be used to date a wide range of natural and man-made materials. Among the best-known techniques are radiocarbon dating, potassium-argon dating and uranium-lead dating, however there are 18 or more different radiometric dating methods. By allowing the establishment of geological timescales, it provides a significant source of information about the ages of fossils and the deduced rates of evolutionary change. Radiometric dating is also used to date archaeological materials, including ancient artifacts.
There are two famous arguments that creationists yield concerning a watch and its maker. First, they assert that if you find a watch on the beach, you KNOW its made by a person because of its complexity, and that this somehow "proves" that God designed everything in its present form. (so if i show a creationist my leather wallet, they should be able to tell me the NAME of the person who hand crafted it, right? After all, they can draw the name "God" from nowhere!?) The other is that if you smash up a watch, put the parts in a box and shake it about, creationists somehow think that evolution predicts the watch will put itself back together again. Unless your five years old or mentally retarded with a caretaker, I don't understand how you can even survive with that logic, but I digress.